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Acupuncture for women’s health

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Women's health

Throughout life woman go through a series of phases that bring with them challenging physical and emotional conditions.

Acupuncture has a beneficial impact on “typical for women” conditions. It has been used to treat women’s health conditions for many centuries. Recent research has shown that acupuncture can help to treat several conditions like: premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual pain and irregularity, infertility, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, pregnancy disorders, postpartum depression and menopausal disorders. Furthermore, there is evidence that acupuncture may help to improve symptoms of like depression, anxiety, and insomnia in women.

Menopause-related syndromes

Hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia are the three most common vasomotor-related symptoms experienced by 80% of women. Although hormone therapy is effective for reducing VMSs, its use is restricted in some women due to the side effects. Many women will seek nonpharmacologic treatment options such as acupuncture.

Scientific evidence supports the use of acupuncture to relieve these menopausal symptoms and increases quality of life.

Menstrual disorders

There can be many disorders related to the menstrual cycle that can benefit from acupuncture treatment.

Dysmenorrhoea, menstrual pain, is the most common form of period pain and affects up to three-quarters of women. It is characterized by cramping pain in the lower abdomen that may spread to the lower back pain and may include other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue and anxiety. Use of medication with side effects is high.

Acupuncture offers a safe and painless approach to effectively manage symptoms of period pain. It improves the uterine arterial blood flow and relieves the pain
Acupuncture can be used as an effective and safe treatment for females (including adolescents) with irregular cycle.

Polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome is present in 5 to 15% of women. It has become a major healthcare issue and is the most frequent cause of infertility. It’s a clinical syndrome characterized by irregular menstrual cycle or amenorrhea, acne and hirsutism (excessive hair growth) and is often associated with overweight and obesity. Most patients have multiple cysts in the ovaries. PCOS can have substantial implications on a woman's psychological wellbeing across the entire lifespan. Currently the main forms of treatment for women with PCOS are pharmacological‐based therapies but they are associated with different adverse effects.

Scientific findings support acupuncture as a possible non pharmaceutical treatment for PCOS. Acupuncture may have a role in ovulation induction through hormonal regulation.


Endometriosis is a multifactorial, inflammatory, gynaecological condition characterized by the presence of endometrium, or mucous membrane that normally lines only the uterine cavity, outside the uterus. It can affect women as early as their first menstruation (menarche). The main symptoms are very intense pain during the menstrual and premenstrual periods (dysmenorrhea) and at the time of ovulation, along with chronic pelvic pain, pain in sexual intercourse, and chronic physical fatigue. Current pain therapies often involve various pharmacological and surgical treatments.

Acupuncture is an effective integrative therapy for endometriosis. Acupuncture treatments increase blood flow, alleviate pain through increasing the body’s own pain-relieving molecules (endorphins), regulate the hormonal levels and increase the immune response. This results in less pain, better hormonal balance and less inflammation.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

PMS occurs in relation to the menstrual cycle hormonal imbalances. Symptoms usually begin five to 11 days before menstruation. PMS symptoms are often mild, but in some women they can be severe.

Acupuncture regulates the hormonal levels and reduces inflammation and the overall severity of PMS symptoms.

Pregnancy disorders

Women may suffer from various conditions during pregnancy. Concerns over drug use trigger the use of other non-pharmacological alternative treatments.

Acupuncture treatments can bring relief to: 

  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • fatigue
  • burning and minor pains in the stomach
  • constipation
  • different aches and pains
  • breech babies and labor difficulties

Acupuncture also helps mothers recover faster after childbirth
. It also helps prevent post-natal depression.

Women fertility

In women organic disorders (e.g., ovulatory disorders, tubal disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis) and lifestyle factors are highly associated with female infertility.

Acupuncture, as a nonpharmacologic therapy, has been shown to improve the menstrual cycle and the ovulation through regulating the nervous and endocrine system and the blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.

Acupuncture also helps to create a favorable environment during procedures such as IVF or ICSI. Current evidence suggests that acupuncture given during embryo transfer improves rates of pregnancy.

Read more about acupuncture as a treatment to improve fertility.


How does it work?

Acupuncture effectively treats women's disorders such as dysmenorrhea, polycystic ovary syndrome, premenstrual disorder, infertility, endometriosis, and menopausal syndrome, without side contraindications. Acupuncture also helps women during pregnancy. Acupuncture is scientifically proven to modulate the immune system, restore and stabilize well-being by regulating the hormonal balance.


You can book an appointment online or by calling one of our Sinomedica centers.

Anamnesis and diagnosis

Your doctor will review your medical history, assess your situation and provide a medical diagnosis.

Treatment plan

A treatment plan will be adapted to your specific needs, in order to maximize the benefits of the therapy.

Treatment and monitoring

Every step of your personalized treatment will be monitored to ensure maximum benefits and results.


Woman (age 35)

After years of infertility and several failed IVF attempts, acupuncture made me feel better both physically and morally! Thanks to the therapy, I found the courage and optimism to take on a new IVF attempt and got a fantastic positive result!

Woman (age 42)

It wasn't that long we had been trying to have a child, but being over 40 we took action after 6 months of trying and the child wasn't coming. It was the right decision!
A few months after starting acupuncture sessions I began to notice changes in the flow and color of my cycle, important indications that the treatment was working. After about 3 months of treatment everything went very well, even from the first attempt, and I am now 14 weeks pregnant!

Woman (age 21)

I was scheduled for 6/7 sessions, one per month. After 5 years, my menstrual cycle returned!

Woman (age 59)

Ever since I went through menopause, I started having hot flashes, especially at night. I didn't know where to hit my head until I started acupuncture treatment. Session after session, my condition improved.

Woman (age 33)

With my second pregnancy, I began to suffer from bad insomnia, which was wearing me down more and more day by day. Within a few weeks, acupuncture helped me to sleep satisfactorily again.

Treatment duration

For the maximum benefit of the treatment’s effect, it is key to follow our design and ensure regularity of medical sessions. Based on clinical experience and scientific evidence, medical acupuncture is delivering long-term benefits triggered by treatment cumulative effect. It has been demonstrated that patients following treatment guidelines reach their optimal treatment results over time. 


Thousands of years of acupuncture practice, scientific evidence, patients and medical practitioners confirm that there are no side effects related to medical acupuncture. Very seldom there may be negligible and temporary mild soreness or bruising. With the use of disposable sterile needles there is no risk of diseases transmission nor infection.

Prices and costs

First session

Anamnesis, diagnosis and acupuncture treatment
between 60 minutes to 90 minutes.
Costs*: CHF 170 / CHF 160 in Ticino

*Administrative fee of CHF 10 included. 

Follow-up sessions

Medical assessment and acupuncture treatment
Between 45 minutes to 60 minutes.
Costs*: CHF 150 / CHF 130 in Ticino

*Administrative fee of CHF 10 included.

  Health insurance

Reimbursement for medical acupuncture depends on your complementary insurance policy. Financial coverage is specific to your policy, therefore please check in advance with your insurance what the coverage conditions are.


Scientific and medical foundations


Sinomedica's unique medical acupuncture treatment approach is built on a wealth of knowledge which combines acupuncture and conventional medicine with the latest scientific findings to deliver effective patient-centered medical care.

Our highly qualified specialists, graduates in both Chinese and conventional medicine, practice the unique Sinomedica approach to deliver effective and innovative medical acupuncture.

Our expertise is based on over:
5,400 controlled studies
40,000 scientific publications
2,200 systematic reviews
1,350 meta-analyses

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